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Great Intro to the Subject
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course is phenomenal in more ways than one. This is the class that really shows students how their mental health and mindset really does affect their physical health. In this course students explore the meaning of psychoneuroimmunology, or the mind/body connection. Students learn that when you properly take care of your mental health, that your physical health will follow. Professor Hall pretty much is what motivates students to come to the class. I took it as an evening class, and the energy and enthusiasm that Cougar had really got everyone excited and interested in the subject. He like to joke, tell stories, and interact with the class; he even had all our names memorized by the second class period. He shows his students how to apply the things we learn in class by giving us examples from his own life.
One of the highlights of the course for me was studying anger and hostility and how those emotions have a negative effect on our health. In class we learned proper ways to deal with anger so that you can let it go. When you let go of anger you are improving your health. Blood pressure lowers, and consequently so does risks of heart problems. We learned that hostile persons are more likely to die early because of this constant state of high BP and heart problems. One of my favorite aspects of the course was the Share Fair. As students we invited friends over so that we could share with them what we learned in the course in order to spread the good news. The purpose of this exercise was to help other people understand the Mind/Body connection so that they could better take control of their health.
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I would tell students of all majors that this class will really change the way you look at your health, and to be prepared to come away from each class period with new knowledge in your back pocket. This is a class that is applicable to everyone, and you'll be using the principles you learned throughout the rest of your life.